The Estonian ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Lauri Bambus, presented his Letters of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
The Ambassador and his wife were accompanied by the members of the diplomatic staff, including the Estonian deputy head of mission, Ann Hänni, counselor Sven Tölp, defense attaché Col. Tarmo Ränisoo, and the diplomat for press and public affairs, Helen Rits.
After the official ceremony, Bambus and the Queen discussed the Estonia-UK bilateral relations, cooperation in international organizations and topical issues, including the situation in Ukraine.
Bambus said that the Queen had fond memories of her 2006 visit to Estonia, and they also talked about the more recent visit by Prince Harry.
Lauri Bambus is the Foreign Ministry's former undersecretary for legal and consular affairs. He was born in Valga, in southern Estonia, in 1969 and has philosophy and law degrees from the University of Tartu. He has also studied human rights in the Turku University in Finland and in the Vienna Diplomatic Academy in Austria.
Bambus has worked for Estonian embassies in Warsaw and Brussels and been the director of the Consular Department's Schengen Division. He was the Director Consular in St. Petersburgh, Russia, from 2005-2007 and the Director General of the Foreign Ministry's Consular Department until 2010.
He is also the Ambassador of Estonia to the Sultanate of Oman, residing in London.